Walking on Matanuska Glacier
Glennallen, Alaska: June 17, 2014

We're off to see the glacier! We were all feeling motivated to make sure Maddie and Val
got to see a glacier before they all melt. Rannae found the Matanuska Glacier, which you can drive to
and walk on. Perfect! Both girls rated this within the top 5 things they saw in Alaska.

From Tundra Rose Guest Cabins and Grand View Cafe:
"The Matanuska Glacier is the largest glacier in Alaska that can be reached by vehicle. It is approximately 26 miles long and 4 miles wide at
its terminus. It is classified as a valley glacier; a body of solid ice that flows like a river under its own weight through an existing valley."

Scenery on the way to see the glacier:

You can see the glacier off in the distance:

We stopped at a park quickly to get our bearings - ok, in reality, I asked a very helpful tour bus
driver where the access point was for getting to the glacier. It's about 2 miles past the park:

Lunch at the Long Rifle Lodge:

I hear there was a moose sniffing my head.

At the glacier!



Crunch, crunch, crunch. Walking on the glacier. AVI file, 4.1 Mb
Adventurers!. AVI file, 6.1 Mb
cold water. AVI file, 3.5 Mb


some sort of cold water cross-roads:

Maddie, Rannae, Valerie, and Mike:

really dense, cold ice looks blue:

We headed back as a storm was rolling through:



The debate on coal (based on roadside signs). AVI file, 4 Mb
Panoramic. AVI file, 2.3 Mb


We stopped in Palmer for fuel, and then headed back to Wasilla.

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